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Tackling HIV/AIDS and poverty in Africa : report of the Young Women and Leadership Institute

WILSON, Shamillah
February 2004

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In July 2003, 35 young women, mostly from Africa, met to to address the two most pressing concerns in the region: HIV/AIDS and poverty. This 'institute' was geared towards leadership development so as to build a cadre of young women who are better able to tackle the root causes of these issues. The theme itself also draws on the other themes such as: feminist organisational development and women’s rights and economic change

Improving the health of the world's poorest people [whole issue]

CARR, Dara
2004

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This bulletin examines the facets of the rich-poor health divide, factors that play a role in in health disaparities, and approaches for improving the health of the poor (socio-economic health service and health financing). It also provides indicators for monitoring progress to diminishing the disparities. In recent years a great deal of research has become available on health inequalities within low-income countries. This report provides the latest data on how the world's poorest people are faring on key indicators of reproductive and child health

African civil society contact directory

KABISSA SPACE FOR CHANGE IN AFRICA
2004

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The aim of the directory is to encourage and strengthen ties between civil society organisations in Africa by providing information on civil society organisations working in Africa. The database can be searched by sector, region in Africa, country of location or keyword. Each entry gives information on the goal or aims of an organisation as well as a link to its website (if there is one) and email contact

National household HIV prevalence and risk survey of South African children

BROOKS, Heather
SHISANA, Olive
RICHTER, Linda
2004

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This valuable new report looks at the levels of infection of HIV and AIDS, the levels of orphaning and child headed households, sexual debut and sexual experiences and risk factors and risk environments for children aged 2-14 in South Africa. This has been investigated as the HSRC recognizes that there is very little known about HIV prevalence rates among children or about the risk factors that predispose them to becoming infected. The study looks at the social and community risk factors that predispose children to HIV infection as well as the impact of the epidemic on children in terms of orphan status and child headed households. It examines children’s knowledge of HIV and AIDS prevention, their knowledge about sexual behaviour and HIV as well as their own patterns of sexual behaviour and changes in that behaviour. This study is interesting as it explicitly includes young children

Chronic poverty report 2004-05

CHRONIC POVERTY RESEARCH CENTRE (CPRC)
2004

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This major report presents an overview of the chronic poverty facing some 400 million people, and the policy implications. The report examines what chronic poverty is and why it matters, who the chronically poor are, where they live, what causes poverty to be persistent and what should be done about it. A section of regional perspectives looks at the experience of chronic poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, transitional countries and China. A statistical appendix brings together data on global trends on chronic poverty

The 10/90 report on health research 2003-2004

GLOBAL FORUM FOR HEALTH RESEARCH
2004

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This report, the fourth since Global Forum for Health Research formed in 1998, covers progress in helping correct the 10/90 gap (that only ten per cent of health research funds are spent on 90 per cent of the world's problems) over the past two years. It focusses on health and health research as sound economic investments; priority setting in health research; progress in measuring the 10/90 gap; research capacity strengthening; information networks in health research; gender; the MDGs and health research; and networks in the priority research areas

Lessons learned workshop : a review of assistance programs for war wounded and other persons with disabilities living in mine-affected countries

HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL
2004

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This review is the result of a workshop in May 2004 which brought together rehabilitation specialists from Africa, Asia, Europe and Central America to review assistance programmes for war wounded and persons who are living in landmine-affected countries. Lessons learned regarding emergency and continuing medical care, physical rehabilitation, psycho-social support, economic integration, capacity-building and sustainability, access to services, data collection, and coordination are presented in some detail, with reference to achieving the aims outlined in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines' Guidelines for the care and rehabilitation of survivors (1999)

The world medicines situation

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
2004

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The publication provides an accessible source of information on the pharmaceutical situation at global and national levels. It assembles the available evidence regarding the production and consumption of medicines, and a range of issues in national medicines policies, including the level of people's access, patterns of use, the challenges of medicines regulation and promoting rational use. Numerous different sources of data are used. A 32-page annex of statistics is included. The target readers are researchers, academics and analysts concerned with medicines and public health

Employing people with learning disabilities : a handbook for employers

HEMMINGS, Susan
MORRIS, Jenny
2004

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This guide shares the experiences of employers who have successfully employed people with learning disabilities. The information and advice contained in the guide comes entirely from the experiences of 26 employers who were interviewed. It is therefore based on the practical realities of employing people with learning disabilities.
Each chapter of the guide deals with an important aspect of being an employer from recruitment through to disciplinary procedures. Examples are given to illustrate ways in which employees with learning disabilities can make a positive contribution and what action is required to make this happen

The 10/90 report on health research 2003-2004

GLOBAL FORUM FOR HEALTH RESEARCH
2004

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This site contains up-to-date information on progress in helping correct the 10/90 gap in health research. It includes reports from 1999, 2000, 2001/2002 and 2003/2004. The most recent, the fourth since Global Forum for Health Research formed in 1998, covers progress in helping correct the 10/90 gap (that only ten per cent of health research funds are spent on 90 per cent of the world's problems) over the past two years. It focusses on health and health research as sound economic investments; priority setting in health research; progress in measuring the 10/90 gap; research capacity strengthening; information networks in health research; gender; the MDGs and health research; and networks in the priority research areas

Achieving equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities through legislation : guidelines

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION
2004

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These guidlines contribute to the widely accepted disability rights approach and is intended for policy makers. They have been produced to assist improving national laws for disabled people, so that the assumption that disability and unemployment are determining each other will fade away.
The guidelines are written in an easy-to-understand language and address the issues of employment and disability in an accessible way

Access to care : challenges [whole issue]

HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT NETWORKS (HDN)
2004

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This report is intended as a tangible record of the 13th ICASA (International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa) conference: what was said, by whom and when. The report summarizes the highlights, beginning with the conference's history and moves on to themes and objectives. It presents the main issues emerging from the conference through the eyes of the rapporteur teams, key correspondents and selected participants. The focus then shifts to a brief description of the on-site newspaper Pamoja News and the skills building sessions, and finally, the rapporteurs' presentations. By documenting the proceedings of the 13th ICASA it is hoped that the momentum in collective struggle against HIV/AIDS will be maintained, through ongoing strategies of partnership, stakeholder collaboration, and cross and multi-sectoral approaches

Advancing equity in health in Southern Africa : EQUINET publications 1998-2004

EQUINET
Ed
2004

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This CD-ROM provides a collection of EQUINET publications from 1998 to 2004 and includes dozens of policy papers, discussion papers, reports, resolutions, toolkits and training materials. EQUINET, the Regional Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa, is a network of professionals, civil society members, policy makers, officials and other stakeholders and aims to promote equity and social justice in health.

Effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on rural communities in ACP countries : a reader

BOTO, Isolina
WESSELER, Gesa
BERKHOF, Irene Prins
Eds
2004

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This reader synthesises information from a number of sources on the impact of HIV on rural communities. It focuses the effects in the agricultural sector, and the implications of 'crusscutting issues' of gender and youth. It explores possible mitigation strategies, and information and communication strategies; and identifies 'urgent actions' which include improving the use of and access to ICT

Human resources for health : overcoming the crisis

JOINT LEARNING INITIATIVE
2004

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This report identifies strategies to strengthen the workforce of health systems. The Joint Learning Initiative was launched because many people believed that the most critical factor driving health system performance, the health worker, was neglected and overlooked

Youth at risk : the role of skills development in facilitating the transition to work

BREWER, Laura
2004

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This paper explores the issue the issue of skills development for youth-at-risk, including the economically vulnerable and the socially excluded. Good examples of training programmes and projects are provided, and innovative approaches are highlighted. This resource would be useful to people interested in youth-at-risk and the role of skill development in facilitating their transition to work

Synergies through linkages : who benefits from linking finance and business development services?

SIEVERS, Merten
VANDENBERG, Paul
2004

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This paper examines how finance and business development services (BDS) can be linked. It demonstrates how synergies can be created for the three main groups: micro and small enterprises, financial institutions, and BDS providers. It highlights that the linkage must be context dependent with case studies provided. This would be useful for practitioners, development agencies and governments interested in linking finance and BDS

Key principles of microfinance

CONSULTATIVE GROUP TO ASSIST THE POOR (CGAP)
2004

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This factsheet describes eleven key principles of micro finance. It is a user-friendly document that would be helpful for people interested in general information about micro finance

Lifelong learning in Asia and Pacific

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR OFFICE (ILO)
2004

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This report describes the concept and purpose of lifelong learning in Asia and the Pacific. It emphasises the need for a well trained workforce to cope with the changing pace of the economy, the importance of related government laws and policy, and highlights relevant case studies from the different regions. The report concludes that if an individual possesses skills and knowledge through a lifelong learning process, an individual is likely to influence his/her employment outcome and lifelong income. This report would be useful for governments and practitioners interested in lifelong learning in Asia and the Pacific

Skills development in sub-Saharan Africa

JOHANSON, Richard
ADAMS, Arvil
2004

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This report discusses the programme Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). The aim of this programme was to support economic development through skilled technical and vocational education and training in the Sub-Saharan African region. The report provides a summary of the TVET programme and highlights the competition that results from technological changes which requires higher levels of skills and productivity. Case studies and statistical analyses from several countries are presented. This report would be useful for practitioners interested in skills development in Sub-Saharan Africa

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